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Bally's 7/19-7/23

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Dan_Tanna, Jul 27, 2015.

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  1. Dan_Tanna

    Dan_Tanna Tourist

    Jul 5, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    Hello, This trip report happens to be split out by subject versus a chronological presentation.

    The hotel experience:
    Checking in late at 10:30pm at Bally's things were off to a good start. Our Jubilee room wasn't ready so we joked with the registration clerk that we would be willing to take a suite upgrade. Well to our surprise she obliged and upgraded us to a one bedroom jacuzzi suite. Very nice of her so we tipped the nice lady $20. The room had a great view, a bar area, an eight chair dining table set, three HD TV's and we were very happy with it. Nothing to complain about hotel wise during this visit. I've always had a good experience at Bally's and I hope the streak continues.

    Eating at two new places for us:
    Met some family on day 2 for breakfast the next day at the new Buco cafe. You can have the buffet or order from the menu. We all had the buffet and were pleased with it. At $11.99 you can't beat the price. That price is also about $1 less than any single breakfast item. It doesn't have a very big selection but it covers all the bases. Also seems less noisy than the typical buffet area. I'd go there again without thinking twice about it.

    Since we were celebrating a belated wedding anniversary, I wanted something special for dinner. Earlier in the day I made reservations for two at Eiffel Tower restaurant and asked for a front window table. We arrived a few minutes ahead of our time and were seated promptly at a front table. Our waiter was nice and everything was going well. We aren't familar with French cuisine so my wife and I both ordered steaks, she the queen fillet and the NY strip for me. VERY disappointed with the steaks. Both were bland and not all that tender. The sides were very good, asparagus and potatoes au gratin. I know this isn't a steak house but I would expect any restaurant to be able to service up a good steak. We both agreed we've had better at Texas Roadhouse. Can't excuse the steaks, expecially at these prices. If this place didn't have the views it has, it would have gone belly up years ago I believe. Needless to say we won't be going back.

    The shows:
    We caught the MJ One show at Mandalay Bay Monday night and Jubilee at Bally's the following night.
    I would rate the MJ show as good, but not great. The routine they do to Billy Jean is creative and fun. There is a portion where pictures and videos of violence both race and non-race related violence are projected onto the screen. What's the point of that? That we are all bad people? I didn't appreciate the political statement.

    Jubilee was great. This was our second time seeing the show and we wanted to check it out one more time before it goes away. Costumes were perfect as were the girls (of course). Great singing and dancing by all performers. Around half way through the show they had two guys come out who performed a sort of stop motion/robotic routine. They were excellent. All around a top notch classic Vegas show.

    The gambling:
    My wife and I are low rollers. She feels bad if she blows $40 on a slot game. It takes me about $60 before I start to think about walking away. It was a small loss overall. I did have a bit of luck on the Sinbad slots at Bally's and the Wizard of Oz slot at Paris. Both are very entertaining slots. The last night I did manage to turn my last $40 of gambling doe into $120 at BJ at Bally's. Once it was time to reshuffle I tipped and thanked the lovely Asian dealer and walked away.

    Other observations:
    Not nearly as much smoking in the casinos as in the past. I'm fine with that as I am a former smoker but the faint smell of cigarette smoke does bring back some memories. Johnny Rockets burgers are just okay and kind of expensive. One day we had two burgers, two drinks and split one order of fries for just over $30. After thinking about it we should have just gone back to Buco's. Overall though, a fun trip.
  2. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

    Apr 19, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Enjoyed your report.....sounds like a good time. We also love Bally's and have always been treated well by all their staff. Much friendlier and accommodating to low rollers than many other places.
    Impatiently Waiting....
  3. Vegasaddict2014

    Vegasaddict2014 Low-Roller

    Jun 28, 2015
    Nice TR. Good for you getting the upgrade. Shame about the Eiffel Tower food :-(
  4. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

    Aug 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Congrats on the room upgrade. Thanks for the info on Buco; may have to give it a try.
    Lady Gaga and Dierks Bentley Concert Trip
  5. mrstealth

    mrstealth High-Roller

    Aug 7, 2009
    Midwest - Sister Bay, WI
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the nice report and the tip on "Buco's". Looks like another nice dining option.
  6. casinokid68

    casinokid68 High-Roller

    Sep 25, 2013
    brooklyn, ny
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for trip report. I have stayed in Ballys many times, and never had a bad experience or a bad room. The casino is small and easy to navigate, and you can do the short walk to Paris as well without heading outside. Lately I have been staying in Planet Hollywood, but would never hesitate to stay at Ballys again. Actually headed to Atlantic City next week for 4 nights in Ballys before heading to Vegas again on September 11th for the opening of the NFL season for 5 nights at PHO. Can't wait!!!
  7. Lovegas95

    Lovegas95 High-Roller

    Dec 26, 2009
    East Side
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the TR. Me and Mrs. LV have a Jubilee Tower room in late October. The Buca review was very helpful. You took Bally's for want you could, stopped while ahead and any win is a good win.
    First time @ Mirage
  8. LV_Bound

    LV_Bound VIP Whale

    Nov 17, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice score on the room.
    I have 40+ videos of playing Sinbad due to contently hitting bonus rounds.
    Can't get rich playing this game but its fun and you can play a long time on minimal bankroll.
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